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NewsFlash May 15, 2014
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Gov. Scott Signs Sales-tax Holiday Legislation
On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation that offers Floridians three opportunities to save money. House Bill 5601 creates a nine-day sales-tax holiday for hurricane preparation beginning May 31. Next, Floridians can sharpen their pencils with a three-day, back-to-school sales-tax break in August. And from Sept.19 to 21, the first $1,500 of the sales price of energy-efficient appliances will be tax exempt.
These tax breaks are part of the $500 million Gov. Scott promised to return to citizens, through tax and fee cuts, at the beginning of the 2014 Legislative Session. Scott already had signed into law the bulk of his tax-cut goal with a reduction in annual auto registration fees. The tax holiday totals add up to roughly $120 million in savings for consumers.
More information about legislative issues: Rivers Buford, FICPA Director of Governmental Affairs | (800) 342-3197, Ext. 203 | (850) 224-2727, Ext. 203 | email@example.com
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AICPA News Roundup
A collection of recent updates from the AICPA, including: Crowdfunding and State Taxes on Non-Resident Employees.
AICPA Speaks to Congress About State Taxes on Non-Resident Employees
Jeans for Scholarships is Tomorrow!
Wear your jeans and help out a good cause Friday, May 16. Have your firm host a casual jeans day to benefit the FICPA Educational Foundation. Anyone can celebrate Jeans for Scholarships! Suggested contributions are $5 and $10 and can be matched by the organization or firm.
Check out who’s committed to being a 2014 Scholarship Wrangler. Make your firm an official Scholarship Wrangler and support the future of the CPA profession.
Questions: Jason Zaborske, FICPA Educational Foundation Development Director | (800) 342-3197, Ext. 417 | (850) 224-2727 Ext. 417 | (850) 251-7274 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Not-for-Profit Organizations Conference (16 CPE)
Attend the 2014 FICPA Not-for-Profit Organizations Conference and earn up to 16 hours of CPE credit on issues you work with every day. Here’s one that’s been in the news:
Evolving Data Security Threat Landscape
Cybercriminals will never stop trying to compromise systems to obtain data. In this session, we’ll identify the most serious and common vulnerabilities, how cybercriminals are breaking in and what they’re mostly likely to steal. We’ll also highlight six key security pursuits for 2014 and the tools organizations need to evaluate to build a comprehensive information security strategy that can reduce risk, protect data and safeguard their reputations.
Because of the popularity of specialized topics such as this one, our Not-for-Profit Organizations Conference is available in Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale. Register for this conference and view the agenda with the links below.
The Mega CPE Conference Has CPAs Talking
The Mega CPE Conference is Back in Black at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and classes are filling up fast. This is how Florida’s CPAs are planning their CPE and summer vacation – if you don’t want to be left out, register now!
You have the chance to earn up to 40 hours of CPE, including up to eight hours of bonus OnDemand CPE, in one place with our customizable schedule and price. Choose from accounting and auditing; tax; industry; government; technology; practice management; ethics; leadership events; the Women’s Leadership Summit; and the all-new Accel 2014, Florida’s Young CPA Leadership Forum.
Once you’ve created your CPE schedule, get ready to customize your vacation. Challenge your swing on the Golf Outing, or treat your taste buds to a variety of world-class fare and behold the wonder of the Wishes™ nighttime spectacular and fireworks show during the FICPA Magical Evening!
Click the links below to register and explore the fun that awaits at Walt Disney World® Resort. Make the Mega CPE Conference your summer destination!
Register for Mega CPE Conference | View Agenda | Learn More | Explore Walt Disney World® Resort | Explore Disney’s Contemporary Resort | Explore Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
State and Local Government Accounting Conference (16 CPE)
Are you familiar with the Yellow Book? You’ll fit right in at this conference.
Can this school district remain viable? How effective is our compensation system? Can we save on our telecom bills? As you prepare to report on state and local government expenditures, you need to keep current with a bevy of standards – including those from the GAO’s Yellow Book and the GASB.
Attend the FICPA’s 2014 State and Local Government Accounting Conference to learn about major changes in the GASB’s pension standards becoming effective this year and next; updates from the Auditing Standards Board that affect your work; common financial reporting deficiencies; and more.
Click the links below to register and learn more.
On May 1, Microsoft released a patch to fix the so-called Clandestine Fox vulnerability affecting all versions of Internet Explorer. This fix was expected to be released "out of cycle" – meaning users wouldn't have to wait until the usual Patch Tuesday that rolls around once a month.
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